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This week, next week and your help is needed.

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This week, next week and your help is needed.
by Mandy Porrett - Friday, 21 September 2012, 6:17 PM
The week has whizzed by as usual and plenty has been happening. On Tuesday Ms. Ford took Classes 5, 6 & 7 and their teachers to St.John’s International School for a music concert. It was a very successful trip and was enjoyed by all.
She would also like you to know that she has updated the Music section of the website for all classes. Please take a look at it to see what your children are learning about during their Music lessons.

Class 7 launched their rockets this week, and I think that they now understand why so much planning and preparation goes into such events. They have also been finding out about The Big Bang Theory and seeing if they think that this could be the way that the universe began. In Numeracy they continued working on place value. In Literacy they were using the prefixes ‘uni’, ‘bi’ and ‘tri’ and started to write an autobiography.

Class 6 were researching celebrations and festivals from Belgium and their home countries. They will be sharing their findings with each other using a variety of methods. In Literacy they were looking at story elements including setting, plot, character and theme, and summarising stories in five sentences. They were ordering and comparing numbers and rounding numbers to the nearest 10, 100 and 1000 in Numeracy.

When Class 5 have their Unit of Work about the Active Planet a natural disaster usually occurs somewhere in the world, so watch out. If it happens to be an earthquake they will be able to explain why these happen as they have been learning about plate tectonics this week. In Literacy they have been understanding the meaning of Unit vocabulary and using these words to write sentences of their own. In Numeracy they have been learning and revising the 3, 4, 5 and 10 times tables.

Lots of chocolate tasting has been taking place in Class 4 where the children have been chocolate scientists. They had a senses laboratory where they tested some of the theories about the taste, feel, smell, sound and appearance of chocolate. They also had to decide how to ensure that their blind tasting of chocolate was a fair test. In Literacy they were still thinking about chocolate and were looking at chocolate wrappers and discussing the language, logos and slogans on them and how these make them interesting. In Numeracy they were looking at addition and subtraction number bonds.

This week Class 3 were very excited to hear that their teachers have planned a trip to the circus for them. As well as seeing a performance they will have the chance to learn some circus skills. They have been turning photographs of themselves into clowns using collage materials after seeing a PowerPoint presentation, which showed expressions. In Literacy they were finding and generating ‘sh’ and ‘ch’ words and counting in 5s in Numeracy.

Class 2 have been learning who the different members of our families are. They have also been making sure that they know all the names of the main external parts of human bodies. In Literacy they have been revising the letters ‘s’ and ‘a’ and practicing writing them and their names. In Numeracy they have been counting, reading and writing numbers from 1 to 20 and beyond.

Class 1 were very happy to hear earlier today that Oonagh (their morning assistant) will be back with them next week. When she returns they will be able to ask her how she comes to school and maybe add that to the graph they have made. They talked about the different ways they come to school and stuck their photograph to create a graph. You can see it in their carpet room. They are really working hard to develop their listening skills and to trying to speak clearly and audibly with confidence and control showing awareness of the listener. They are already becoming very grown up and they have only been in Class 1 for just over two weeks.

In Lion’s Den the children enjoyed listening to the story “The Gruffalo”. They painted their own Gruffalo and added it’s special features: orange eyes, purple prickles, green wart, black tongue. You must go and have a look at them. They loved their walk in the woods on Tuesday when they listened to different sounds and tried to find the hidden animals. They have also practised drawing straight lines and making groups of two objects.

Bear’s Cave have been talking about apples and grapes this week. There was a lovely smell of apple pie cooking on Wednesday and it was coming from their classroom. They made grapes out of playdough and printed some using a cork and paint.

Next week there are some exciting events taking place at BEPS.

On Wednesday the children will be celebrating our 40th Anniversary in a party atmosphere. There will be a range of activities taking place, but I won’t tell you about them as it will spoil the surprise. However, we would like all of the children to wear their BEPS T-shirts and sweatshirts on that day. They won’t need to bring a snack or their blue bags – just themselves!
It is going to be a fun filled morning and we hope that all of the children will enjoy themselves and be excited to tell you all about it when you collect them.

On Thursday (27th) the Book Fair will be in school. As usual we will be able to benefit from the money that you spend as we can buy books for the library to the value of 10% of the total money spent during the day. Your child(ren) will all have the opportunity to visit the Book Fair with their teacher and so might like to bring in some money to spend. Alternatively it will be open after school when they can visit it with you. Please feel free to come in during the day and visit it too. It will be held in Class 6 by the entrance hall now, not in the garden room as it used to be.

You will be receiving a letter from the PTA next week explaining about and asking for help with the Halloween/Firework party that they hope to organise for Saturday 20th October. However, they are concerned that if they do not receive the support they need then the event will not be able to take place this year. They will be holding a PTA Meeting on Monday 1st October at 15.30 after which they will decide if the event will be happen or not. Please come and support them as if we all work together we will be able to ensure the success of another fantastic BEPS event.

Last year Team BEPS entered the Acerta Ekiden event (an Ekiden is a long distance relay race), which you can find out more about by visiting We are going to do the same thing again this year and although we think that we already have enough members for one team we would like to try and make a second team with parents/carers. If you are interested please let us know as soon as possible by sending us an e-mail with your name, your child’s name and class and your preferred running distance (5, 7.5 and/or 10 km). We aren’t expert runners so there is nothing to fear! It was great fun and we had a very strong support team that will be happy to have new members too!

Have a good weekend.

Best Wishes

Mandy Porrett